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Lordstown Motors plans to build 500 pickups in 2022

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As part of the company’s fiscal year 2021 financial results, Lordstown Motors Corp. said it expects it will build 500 all-electric Endurance pickup trucks in 2022. That number could move to as many as an additional 2,500 trucks to be built in 2023, the company said.

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“The fourth quarter marked a significant strategic shift for Lordstown Motors,” said Dan Ninivaggi, chief executive officer of Lordstown. “We executed the asset purchase agreement with Foxconn and have made substantial progress on the terms of our contract manufacturing agreement, subject to review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS). I believe the Foxconn partnership is a critical step in unlocking the full potential of the Lordstown facility and brings multiple benefits to LMC. Our ongoing discussions with Foxconn are focused on reaching a definitive agreement for the joint development of future vehicles off the MIH platform with an appropriate funding structure to enable us to raise the necessary capital for the success of our partnership.”

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The company said it raised $182 million in capital in the fourth quarter. This was comprised primarily of $100 million in down payments by Foxconn for sale of the Lordstown facility, $50 million from the sale of common stock to Foxconn and $30 million in other equity issuances; an additional $50 million down payment from Foxconn was received on January 28, 2022.

Lordstown added it ended 2021 with a cash balance of $244 million, $79 million above the midpoint of the previously issued outlook on disciplined spending, favorable working capital, additional equity issuances and a deferral of certain investments into 2022.

“Our organization’s top priority remains bringing the Lordstown Endurance full size all-electric pickup to market as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Edward Hightower, president of Lordstown. “In the fourth quarter and into 2022, we continued to build and test pre-production vehicles that we are using to complete a variety of validation activities needed to achieve full homologation. Despite ongoing challenges securing parts and other supply chain issues, we continue to target commercial production and sales in the third quarter of 2022. We have a unique vehicle that will offer a superior combination of handling, traction control, torque and turning radius that we are confident will be appreciated by our customers. With fewer moving parts than more conventional propulsion systems, we also believe the Endurance will have advantages in overall maintenance costs.”

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